I’ve always been one of those people who is freaked out by their own voice.“Yikes! Is that what I sound like?” Whether it’s reading my work out loud, watching home videos or being on speakerphone, I instantly cringe upon the realization that the voice in my head doesn’t match my voice IRL [in real life]. So, when … More Homemade Pasta Dough
It’s been a very exciting few days around here at allanabytes! My first published article in Edible Vineyard was posted online [the hard copies should be arriving any day!] and the episode I filmed for Jewel Osco “Chi Town Stories” was also posted online. I knew both of these things would be happening around early November, but I … More Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells
I adore exploring the diverse and booming restaurant scene in Chicago. There’s nothing quite like that moment when you realize you’ve found something special. It can arrive in a variety of ways, from the bustling atmosphere, a servers warm smile and accommodating nature, the first sip of a craft cocktail or even a pleasant surprise when the bill arrives. We all … More Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich
When I think back on past Valentines Day, I’m reminded of some hazy memories that involve myself, my couch, a box of chocolates and a big, fat bottle of red wine. While things have been slightly different this past year, I wanted to share a recipe that involves at least one V-day favorite: red wine. However, instead of … More Red Wine Spaghetti
Gosh, it feels good to be back. Between a new job, a family member’s surgery, apartment hunting, a vacation in Florida & that thing they call the “winter blues,” my blogging most certainly died down for a bit – and I apologize. Will you ever forgive me? Maybe this will make up for my absence.
James Franco. Simply typing the letters of his name on my keyboard gives me the willies.
Despite my love affair with all things food & cupcakes, I could never really answer the question, What is your favorite restaurant?/ What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten? I always pondered the question, thinking back to the artichoke appetizer at Bandera’s or the BBQ burger at DMK Burger Bar, but I could never … More An ode to Tom Colicchio & craftsteak, vegas.